EP Review: Je Ne Sais Quoi – Gemini Chris

Of all the years of reviewing albums and EPs on NEW LEASE MUSIC, I am quite ashamed to say that I’ve never covered a house music album or EP. Well GEMINI CHRIS has broken that void and slipped his new EP entitled ‘Je Ne Sais Quoi’ into the blog’s limelight.

The Jamaican DJ take us back, way back to the late eighties/early nineties where techno house was rife, with infectious thumps of electronic hooks, coupled with the underlying bass which somehow gives the arrangements that extra fire.

Although this London-residing beat maestro arguably takes heavy influences from notable electronic acts such as Derrick May (Strings of Life), 808 State and Shades and Rhythm, he adds his own magic to techno house of the aforementioned era, giving it that certain Je Ne Sais Quoi… check out his set below:

Must Listens: Real Love, I Be Missing You, Imperfection

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EP Review: Heads In The Clouds – NOËP

NOËP‘s latest body of work, ‘Heads In Clouds’ opens up and introduces a rich and crispy light arrangements, showcasing electro folk and an alternative spin to pop music…but where the journey ends with this five-track set becomes totally unexpected…

After servings of more electro-tinged pop and an injection of hypnotic yet a heavy dose of club filling bassline, ‘Heads In the Clouds’ concludes on an urban tip, containing a mashup between a futuristic take on smooth/melodic hip-hop and R&B with a dash of tropical house.

He may be hailed a prodigy in the North European electro pop scene since his 2015 debut single, ‘Move’, but this EP sees the Estonian singer/songwriter/producer pushing the boundaries just a little further, encompassing new sounds with absolute perfection.

Check out ‘Heads In the Clouds’ below:

Album Review: Metrosexual 2 – Ty Senoj

When TY SENOJ‘s latest album ‘Metrosexual 2’ arrived in my inbox, I had a feeling in my tummy that this ride is going to be anything but boring…

Released earlier this month, this set holds ten tracks boasting predominantly the chilled out soundscapes, where this Toronto-based rapper/producer drops his one liners through his brash flow, giving each and every track such vibrancy and an added bounce.

I tell you something for nothing: this flamboyantly styled poser’s tongue is made of acid…and his delivery is definitely on fire. Check him out below:

Must Listen: Blueish Green, No Dutty Panty, Fabulous, Pozer Boy.

Mixtape Review: 3 Eleven – The DayDreamers

Just a little over three months after releasing their sneak preview project, ‘Meanwhile: The EP’ – plus their track ‘TBH?’ back in February – hip-hop trio THE DAYDREAMERS are ready to go all hard once again, with their brand new full-length mixtape ‘3 Eleven’.

From the offset, the mammoth collection greets you with their new-found hooks that make the toes curl involuntarily with skips of dub-heavy bass making its presence, slowly but surely, known. Although the forceful drive cries for attention, the real stars of the show are the uprising emcees’ delivery which vibes along the variety of beats that’s thrown at them, while shedding light on biographical accounts of their lives.

With recent releases, including this EP, showing a sharp improvement these guys are on a serious come up. Check out ‘3 Eleven’ below:

Must Listens: Energy, Krash, Commas, Group Chat 

EP Review: The Clubs – Kiko Bun

If you’re longing for a trip to the Caribbean, I reckon KIKO BUN will take you there in a matter of seconds through his new EP ‘The Clubs’.

Kicking off with a vibrant and psychedelic take on ska with introductory single ‘ Fistful Of Nothing’, the four-track set goes on to featuring reggae that’s reminiscent of the rocksteady era, still obtaining the vibrancy.

I’m going to stick out my neck here: not every musician can successfully pull off reggae-fusion productions, but this north-west Londoner has definitely GOT IT: not only he makes a great contender in the modern reggae music scene, KIKO BUN somewhat pays homage to the legends of the 60s and 70s, such as The Mighty Diamonds, Slim Smith and Bob Marley.

Start your weekend with a ray of Sunshine and hit the play button on ‘The Clubs’

Must Listens: Maisie, I Always Knew.